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Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes Review and Recipe

Let’s talk about my favorite macronutrient…protein.

Protein is absolutely essential to your daily diet.

With my busy lifestyle, I often find it hard to get enough protein at breakfast, lunch, or during my snacks and often find myself compensating for my lack of protein by trying to consume it all at dinner.

This is no bueno.

Luckily Skinnygirl has come out with these new Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes to help us reap some of the benefits of added protein:

 Metabolism: Protein speeds up your metabolism because the body uses more calories to break down protein compared to fat or carbohydrates.

Oxygen: Protein carries oxygen throughout our bodies.

Immunity: Protein provides antibodies to protect us from infections.

Maintain Healthy Weight: Protein helps you feel full and satisfied. Research suggests getting 30% of calories from protein may help curb appetite.

Muscle Health: Getting protein in our bodies within 30 minutes after exercise supports lean muscle growth and recovery.

So, how much protein do we really need?

To calculate your protein needs use this formula:

Weight (lb.) x .38 = Grams of protein needed/day

The recommended dietary allowance for protein is 46 grams/day for the average woman.

We can achieve this by getting at least 25-30 grams of protein from a total of 3 meals and 10-15 grams of protein from 1-2 snacks daily.

The truth is: We all snack A LOT, and we should, but let’s all make an effort to snack wisely. This allows us to avoid consuming our energy from sugary snacks or not even snacking at all which can make us feel tired in the middle of the day.

This is not fun.

WE NEED ENERGY. Good energy and good protein.

I got the chance to try the newest product from the Skinnygirl line…Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes, a few weeks ago.

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Each 11.5 oz. bottle has 80 calories, 0g sugar, and 12 grams of protein. Plus, they are gluten-free and low fat.

With these amazing nutritional facts, I was flooooooored.

The Rich Chocolate Brownie flavor was ultra creamy, with the perfect chocolate flavor, not too intense and the perfect cold snack after a hot, humid run here in Texas. It literally tasted like I was drinking dessert…only a healthy dessert

The Vanilla Bean Sundae held true to it’s name…it tastes just like vanilla bean ice cream. All you need is a cherry on top.

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I was absolutely wowed by how good these protein shakes were.

Very impressive Skinnygirl.

These Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes are available at Walmart and Skinnygirldaily.com and will be coming to other retailers soon.

The shakes come in a 4-pack and are $5.78 at Walmart.

Now, let’s get creative.

You can actually use these protein shakes in just about any recipe that calls for milk or liquid.

Let’s bake.

More specifically, let’s put that Vanilla Bean Sundae protein shake into banana bread.

Vanilla Bean Protein Banana Bread.

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BOOM!

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This banana bread is spiced with cinnamon and packs an extra protein punch with the sweet taste of vanilla from the protein shake.

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Plus, it’s gluten-free and has pecans for an added crunch!

So get to a store near you and try these shakes, and try my recipe below. Share in your excitement by following Skinnygirl Daily on Facebook and hashtagging your posts with #SkinnygirlProtein

Vanilla Bean Protein Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Bread, Quick Bread
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
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Serves: 9
 
Melt in your mouth banana bread made with Skinnygirl Vanilla Bean Sundae Tasty Protein Shake and pecans, and spiced with cinnamon . Vanilla + cinnamon + protein for a tasty and healthy spin on the traditional banana bread. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ c. egg whites
  • ½ c. Skinnygirl Vanilla Bean Sundae Tasty Protein Shake
  • ½ c. granulated stevia
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ½ c. raw pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bananas through the baking soda until combined.
  3. Stir in the cinnamon, salt, and coconut flour until combined.
  4. Fold in the pecans.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is lightly golden.
  6. Let cool and slice into even squares.

 MANGIA!!!

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bites

Fah, la, la, la, la.

It’s that time of year again where the cookies come out in full force.

Not just for Christmas, but for a great cause that I am super passionate about.

This is my third year participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap and all of the proceeds go to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

This year I wanted to gift my fellow food bloggers with my favorite combo of all time…peanut butter and chocolate.

Enter my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bites.

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Oh, I threw in a touch of cinnamon for a holiday twist.

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Plus, I hear cinnamon speeds up your metabolism, soooo…we can just assume that we are losing weight as we eat these.

These little peanut butter cookie dough balls get dunked in a vat of chocolate.

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Plus, the cinnamon flavor adds a nice little holiday spice.

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Is there anything else you need to know?

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I’m thinking not.

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🙂

A big shout out to the three lovely lady food bloggers that I received cookies from: Christina at Body Rebooted, Lindsey at Cafe Johnsonia, and Brianna at Flippin’ Delicious. All of your cookies were delicious.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bites
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Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
 
No bake peanut butter balls spiced with a touch of cinnamon and dipped in a cocoa powder glaze. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan.
Ingredients
  • ½ c. natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. To make the peanut butter balls, combine the peanut butter,1 Tbsp of maple syrup, and ½ tsp. of ground cinnamon until combined.
  2. Stir in the coconut flour until a firm dough forms.
  3. Roll into balls the size of one tablespoon. Place the balls on a large plate and place in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  4. For the chocolate coating, place the coconut oil in a smell bowl and melt in the microwave.
  5. Add in the cocoa powder, remaining 1 Tbsp. of maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth.
  6. Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer and dip the balls one-by-one into the chocolate coating.
  7. Place the balls back on the plate and place back in the freezer until set.
  8. Devour!

 MANGIA!!!

Mercola Probiotics Review and Giveaway.

I’ve decided to make up for my lack of posts with a giveaway.

This is for your health.

Because I care about your health…and want you to be healthy.

With cookies, cakes, and pies somewhere in between 🙂

I was contacted by Dr. Mercola Premium Products early last month.

It was like Christmas when I received my box of supplements.

I am all about probiotics, so any chance I can get to try a new one…I leap!

Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic is the best one I have ever tried.

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Others have left me feeling weird and irritable in the past.

Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic is definitely my #1 pick for digestive health.

I take two in the morning with breakfast and feel great all day!

Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics still has two highly-researched strains of beneficial bacteria — Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.* Plus, it adds multiple highly beneficial strains to give added support to your digestive system*.

Each power-packed dose of Complete Probiotics:Packs 70 billion “gut-friendly” bacteria in every 2 capsule serving

Promotes an optimal environment for the growth of good bacteria*

Provides critical support for your immune system health*

Aids in the breakdown and removal of harmful toxins*

Helps maintain blood pressure levels in the normal range*

Not only did I get to try this amazing probiotic, but I also received Mercola Joint Support Gummies.

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I know I am still young but with all of the running around that I do…my knees are my main priority.

Seriously, I definitely felt the difference in my joints after using the joint support gummies.

Plus, they are in a tasty gummy form that makes you feel like a kid again.

They are designed to provide both short- and long-term support of joint health featuring these joint health ingredients:*

  • BiovaFlex™ water-soluble eggshell membrane – nature’s own “formulation” of joint nutrients that support joint mobility, flexibility, and function and provides your joints with the building blocks to build cartilage.*
  • Zanthin® astaxanthin – one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants.
  • Boswellia – helps maintain a steady flow of blood to your joints, thus supporting your joint tissues’ ability to boost flexibility and strength.*
  • Hyaluronic acid (HA) – a key component of your cartilage, HA serves as an effective way you cushion your joints.*

Hello, adult gummy bear!

Lastly, I also received a Silver Solution Dropper and Conjugated Linoleic Acid.

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The Silver Solution Dropper is used for immune system support, intestinal/digestive support, and respiratory support.

This formula tastes like water and is easy to mix into or drop into your food.

I mix it into my yogurt.

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The Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a great supplement because our bodies don’t make linoleic acid, therefore we must rely completely on food sources to get it. This is a great supplement for those that don’t eat enough meat or dairy products because linoleic acid is primarily found in these food groups.

Here is the best part. Dr. Mercola is offering 1 person the Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic that I got to try.

To enter the giveaway do one or all of the following. Make sure to enter a separate comment for each thing that you do.

Follow @mercola on Twitter.

Follow Mercola on Facebook.

Follow Mangia on Facebook.

Tweet about the giveaway: “I just entered to win @mercola Complete Probiotic from @misschelsmangia. Enter now! http://mangiablog.com/2015/12/11/mercola-probiotics-review-and-giveaway/

Leave a comment on what supplements/probiotics you use daily and why you are excited to try Dr. Mercola’s probiotic.

This giveaway is open until December 15, 2015 at 12 midnight.

I will announce the winner of the giveaway on December 16, 2015.

Happy Entering!

MANGIA!!!